Vinny is 11 and lives nearby us here in New York. On Mondays, he starts out with a high-powered math class with other children who are fortunate enough to be *educated outside the system*. The class is no joke either - an algebra/geometry acceleration program taught by perhaps the best math teacher in the universe, [...]
I recently met a veteran, expensive ($150 per hour) NYC-based SAT tutor and he told me, "I don't care what anyone says, as a tutor you CAN'T get anything done in an hour..." He elaborated and said that he only does sessions of a minimum of 1.5 hours because, "...it's only in that last half-hour [...]
I strongly believe that parents ought to invest or put effort into their children when they are very, very young BECAUSE this is where all the payoff lies. The heights children ultimately ascend to are predominantly a function of initial *launch angle* and *escape velocity*. Today I had to see a tutoring client (SAT math) [...]
Two years ago we moved to Long Island, New York. An avid golfer, I immediately assessed the local golfing landscape (EXPENSIVE!) and decided that it was not worth my money or precious time to play golf regularly here. As my son would say, "What a bummer!" But I didn't give up the game by any [...]
Too many of the technological breakthroughs trumpeted in the education field today are for *group learning environments*. Smartboards, Piazza, Blackboard, packaged software... And most educational websites are designed for and marketed to classrooms and over-funded school districts. I would even, to a lesser extent, throw in all the free online lectures proliferating out there as [...]
Now I don't endorse this type of school, because I believe it creates a fantasy world for children; and because it separates them from the real world of family (parents) and work. But still, I do agree with its premise - that children can only reach their full potential when they have time and freedom [...]
Most people I talk to can't even imagine what it would be like to *educate their own children*. Click here to see what one local parent, a friend of ours, has been up to with her *2nd-grader* this past quarter. Now picked up your dropped-jaw!